On Wednesday’s episode of “Late Night,” host Seth Meyers spent a new “A Closer Look” segment examining the latest developments in the many scandals involving Donald Trump — well, almost the latest news, anyway, since Rudy Giuliani’s appearance on Hannity came after “Late Night” taped.
And Meyers concluded the segment by noting that even if special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation ends up taking down Trump, we still might have Mike Pence to deal with.
“You can’t blame Trump for focusing on space when Earth has been such an a–ache for him recently,” Meyers said, after leading into this portion of “A Closer Look” by making fun of Trump for his comments about the “Space Force” to the Army football team when they visited the White House this week.
“And no earthling has been more problematic than the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. In fact, today it was reported that yet another member of Trump’s legal team, White House lawyer Ty Cobb, is leaving his position and would be replaced by a veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment. And that news comes just a day after it was reported that Mueller has raised the possibility of a presidential subpoena. Wow!”
That’s when Meyers brought up what Pence has been up to this week, to try to put all of this in perspective.
“Who knows where all these investigations will end up. But if by some chance they do lead to Trump’s downfall, it’s worth checking on America’s plan B, Vice President Mike Pence. Now you might be tempted to think, ‘Hey, Pence doesn’t tweet insults. He doesn’t scream at rallies. He must be better than Trump, right?’ In which case I would direct you to a Pence appearance in Arizona last night, where he was joined by a convicted criminal and notorious racist, ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio,” Meyers said. “Arpaio racially profiled Latinos and when a judge told him to stop he refused and was convicted of contempt of court. So what did Pence have to say when Arpaio showed up at his event last night?”
“Late Night” then played a clip of Pence saying he was “honored” to have Arpaio present, and described him as “a great friend of this president” and “a tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law.”
“I swear to god, this guy’s reading his Bible upside down,” Meyers quipped. “Mike Pence is a guy who leaves a football game when players take a knee during the anthem in an exercise of their first amendment rights, but is honored to be in the presence of a man found guilty of criminal contempt of court.”
You can watch all of the “A Closer Look” segment from Wednesday’s episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.